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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.18.15

               Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.18.2015.

The bill to bring back the electric chair, which included the execution protocol secrecy bill, passed the full house on a 76-26 vote. There was a lengthy debate led by African American lawmakers why this bill should not pass. We thank these lawmakers who spoke and voted their conscience. We also thank the Anniston Star, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Gadsden Times and the Dothan Eagle for their editorials on these issues. The Anniston Star has been in the forefront of following up with pharmaceutical companies that supply execution drugs.

The good news is that attorneys for Gregory Hunt, Christopher Brooks and Robin Meyer have all filed appeals for a stay and that the State will not contest the stays.

Last week the eyes of the world were on Selma and the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday which ended at the capitol in Montgomery. Congratulations to all who participated and showed the world that we still have a long road ahead of us before the realization of the dream. We thank our Advisory Board members who participated: Judy Collins whose letter, which we shared with you, did reach Governor Bentley’s hands; Murder Victim’s Family Member Callie Greer who wore our button: Execute Justice not People, and our newest Advisory Board member and long time friend, Pastor Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow, founder of the Ordinary People Society (TOPS) and Criminal Justice chair for SOS.

We are delighted with the positive feedback to our latest edition of Wings of Hope. We need to hear what you think.

But we don’t sit on our hands, even though some of us have been quite sick recently with intestinal problems.  We are brainstorming of how to get young Europeans who want to help us get involved in our struggle. We also want to reach out to other state affiliates which work against the death penalty for mutual support. And closer to home, we are reaching out to those who are not members yet at Holman with up to date news on the death penalty and suggestions on how they can get involved and involve their family members. Perhaps that is not a glamorous job but certainly one dear to our founder’s heart 26 years ago.

We are sad to report that David Davies died on Holman death row after a long bout with cancer. Rest in Peace David!

See you next week!